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Extraordinary view at the top. First half of trail running along busy road; kinda buzzkill but view at the top is worth it.

hiking
6 days ago

Loooved this sweet trail!!! It was absolutely perfect for our three boys! Waterfalls, rock climbing, butterflies and a trail that is difficult to lose!

backpacking
25 days ago

It was a pretty nice place for a day hike. I went in April after heavy rains so there was a marsh about 3 miles into the hike. The falls were an ok scenery but wasn't worth getting feet wet. I recommend going in the warmer months of the year. The camping is not that great only a small handful of spots to pitch a tent. Everything else is just overgrow or wet. There was definitely a lot of wood to burn though. It's a nice day hike but I wouldn't recommend for overnight camping.

Walked through a lot of burned forest - easy to find water - great views - not too difficult

We did this hike last Sunday. We drove in on Cherry Lake Rd from 120 – paved road sometimes narrow for dually truck but OK. Great hike very little elevation change and with the Tuolumne River running full bore it is breathtaking. We were wondering when we got to the falls where we should go. We were bouldering around the water’s edge to a flat rock in from of the falls. Great view but wondered if we should not have been above the falls. I think because of the river level the path was not clear. It was pretty wet through the large meadow and several paths could be seen. Hard to find the correct one. Would be good to have a tree marker on either side to show direction you should be going. We would recommend this hike to anyone. The only thing, there is lots of poison oak – long pants are a must and long shirt was required for at least half the hike.

Was a nice little easy hike for outsiders. I really enjoyed.

Short hike with the river flowing right next to the trail until you hit the falls. The falls were also flowing at the most intense rate I have ever seen and it was amazing being able to see this rare sight.

The trail is easy to miss on the drive down to Hetch Hetchy reservoir. Not much parking, but you pull out to the right side of the road. There are bear boxes there to store your food while you hike. The pull-out has only enough room for 3-4 cars to park, but this is not a popular trail. This trail is short, but steep, infact the steepest official trail in Yosemite National Park. You immediately lose big elevation descending. The trail is not well maintained, a good amount of overgrowth and smatterings of poison oak along the trail. The bottom, in the Poopenaut Valley is lovely, but when we went there was still so much water from this years historic rains that much of the valley was marshy, so couldn't really find a place by the river to sit and enjoy. The hike up makes you pay all the way up. It is a constant grind, and there were plenty of mosquito's at the botton third of the trail that were loving our sweat.

I like the trail, but Yosemite has many more and better to offer, but after you have explored other places around the Hetch Hetchy entrance to the park you might want to check this out. This is a down and back trail, not good for launching a backpacking trip, as no access up or down the Tuolumne river. No camping allowed in this valley.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was hard to follow at times because it seemed minimally maintained. Only encountered two other groups of hikers the whole day. NOTE: Some of the trail is flooded right now (May 2017) and requires getting your feet VERY wet and possibly mosquito bitten to make it all the way to the falls. That said, powered through and found the falls delightful. They're short but loud and impressive, and there's nice space to sprawl and recover for the trek back.

Easy hike. Parking lot has 10-15 spots. Popular mountain biking road.

New to hiking and have to say I absolutely love this trail. Great views, wonderful waterfalls, and not a lot of traffic. Will be returning here soon.

hiking
3 months ago

According to a sign at the turn in, this hike is in a day use area that closes at 5 (with locked gate). After a 2 hour drive, I had to turn around b/c we got a late start and I didn't want to be locked in.